This week’s Patron of the Week comes once again from the Land of Unsolicited Political Diatribes.
Please welcome Mr. It’s-Just-This-War-And-That-Lying-Son-Of-A-Bitch-Rendell.
It was 10 after 5 p.m. yesterday when he asked me if we were closing early. I told him if we were closing early, we’d already have been closed at 5 as that was when we closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Mondays through Fridays, we are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., I informed him. He said he just wasn’t sure with budget cuts at libraries across the state how late we were open. He asked me if I knew whose fault it was for the budget cuts, and when I said that I didn’t, he proceeded to tell me:
“That pig Rendell.”
As is my customary response when a patron goes off on a rant, I said:
That usually leads the patron to continue to rant even more than he or she already has. Such was the case last night as this week’s Patron of the Week let me know that our fine governor had allowed gas leases on state park lands and that he had given the money to two different entities. What were those two entities, you very well may ask? Well, he told me:
“Welfare and The Mafia.”
Personally, I never connected welfare and the Mafia, but maybe that’s just me. I mean, I would connect the Mafia more with ticket scalping than with welfare. Of course, one of my late grandfathers used to connect raccoons with welfare too, at least, that’s how my adolescent mind understood it…well, really didn’t understand it and still don’t with my slightly more mature mind. Makes as much sense as “Welfare and the Mafia” to me.
Maybe I’m just not connecting the dots. If I were, maybe I’d see things for what they really are: